Promotions: The Best and Worst Part

Promotions: The Best and Worst Part

Recently our gym just went through a promotion cycle. We upgraded a few children to grey belts, two blues to purples, and one purple to brown. As always, it's an awesome feeling to even be in the gym for that. There is such a profound admiration and appreciation for your teammates' work, you can’t help but feel good for them. You know how hard they work because you are working right along with ...
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Lessons Learnt From Being On The Bottom

I’ve had to go on a bit of a mental journey.  I’ve had to learn how to compete in a room where I can’t.  I had to find my confidence again all while remaining a good, calm, reliable training partner.
Nick C
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Less Than Technical White Belt Advice

A really motivated, young guy named Andrew asked me what I wish I knew before I started training. I thought for a second and told him a few things, but I continued to think about the question in the car home and later.
Nick C
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Welcoming Back Those Who Have Been Away

Welcoming Back Those Who Have Been Away
Welcoming people back into the gym should be a celebration.  As you see some familiar faces show back up, try to be the one that welcomes them back.
Nick C
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Your Attitude Sucks, Not Your Jiu-Jitsu

Periods of frustration and growth plateaus are part of the natural ebb and flow of Jiu-Jitsu. Growth occurs on the mats when we work just beyond the limits of our capabilities. 
Joseph Hannan
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How to Stop Obsessing Over Promotions

Working hard does not mean you deserve a promotion. High potency of effort in Jiu Jitsu is not the exception. It’s the norm. 
Joseph Hannan
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Tomi's T-Shirt: The Story of One Boy's Goal to Help No Kid Hungry

My nephew and I designed a special t-shirt, to sell and donate the proceeds to charity. After a brief talk about what charity options there were, he chose helping feed hungry kids.
Nelson Puentes
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What to do When You Feel Like Quitting

When you're training jiu-jitsu there will be inevitable setbacks that will make you want to quit. Joe Hannan makes a case for why you should quit, and it's not what you think.
Joseph Hannan
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Show us your Panda Gear!

Show us your Panda Gear!
Roll into the new year with some pristine grappling wear packed into a custom panda backpack by entering our photo contest! 
Nelson Puentes
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Meet The Pandas -- Olympic Judo’s ‘Jiu-Jitsu Kid’ -- Ryan Lakea Vargas

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of the Panda Nation. This month, we’d like you to meet Ryan Lakea Vargas. At 22, Vargas is a jiu-jitsu brown belt and judo black belt. He’ll be heading to the Olympics in 2021,...
Joseph Hannan
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Exiting the Downward Spiral

Jiu-jitsu is a game of ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. Getting yourself out of a down period is all about mindset and details. You can’t avoid them but having a game plan to tackle them can help get yo...
Nick C
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5 things good training partners always do

Good training partners don’t behave recklessly, like the subject of this story. They train to win, to improve, to grow, but not to injure. There are also some other qualities that I think make for ideal training partn...
Joseph Hannan
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